Upper School Science Teacher (Biology/Environmental Science)
New Roads School - Santa Monica, CA

New Roads School provides an inspired college preparatory program from which an authentically diverse student population, mirroring the rich diversity of Los Angeles, develops a personal dedication to learning, a respect for independent thinking, an expanding curiosity about the world and its people, and a commitment to the common good.


The Upper School Science Teacher is a professional, experienced and passionate educator with teaching experience in Biology and  Environmental Science at the upper school level (grades 9-12).


  • Ability to use conventional and unconventional tools to explore Science and follow the interests of students in a measured and meaningful way
  • Plan and teach science at an Upper School level (grades 9 -12)
  • Encourage scientific literacy and inquiry-based thought on a daily basis
  • Incorporate multiple techniques of instruction, including discussion, hands-on labs and activities, independent writing assignments, and the use of all appropriate visual aids
  • Communicate and enforce high expectations and standards for behavior and performance
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of students' progress and development
  • Participate in department, school, and parent meetings
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
  • Understand theories related to upper school school (grades 9-12) students’ developmental milestones and socio-emotional lives
  • Will maintain and communicate high expectations and boundaries in a consistently kind, clear and respectful manner.
  • Maintain a climate of trust and mutual respect, which encourages students to risk asking questions, expressing their opinions, and making mistakes necessary to learning process.
  • Differentiate for individual students based on their unique learning needs so all students are appropriately engaged and challenged
  • Ensure students are engaged through activities and technology that accommodate various learning styles, personality styles,behavioral styles, and the need for physical movement
  • Collaborate with classroom teachers to create interdisciplinary units that teach grade-level content knowledge and skills through Science
  • Provide ongoing and timely feedback to students on their progress towards meeting big goals by frequently checking for understanding and formative assessment
  • Communicate respectfully and thoughtfully with parent/ guardians remaining sensitive to different families cultures, values and needs.
  • Show concern for and nurture the student’s intellectual, social, emotional, ethical, and aesthetic development
  • A commitment to supporting the holistic development of the student, both inside and outside of the class
  • Demonstrate an understanding of, and commitment to, New Roads philosophy and approach to education.
  • Demonstrate commitment to social justice and working with a diverse community.
  • Show experience and interest in differentiated instruction, project-based, constructivist approach teaching and learning, as well as portfolio, authentic, and performance assessment.
  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge of subject matter, including grammar, and effectiveness in teaching.
  • Desire to teach reading comprehension skills and building vocabulary.
  • Knowledge of supporting the metacognitive skills and learning strategies to access the disciplines
  • Knowledge of how to teach students to use textbooks, as well as other resources
  • Desire and ability to collaborate across disciplines
  • Provide students with opportunities and support in the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills,the exploration of ideas, and the development of leadership qualities
  • Other duties as assigned
  • B.A. degree required/ M.A. degree preferred in Science or related field
  • Minimum three years teaching experience is required.
  • Passion for teaching and understanding of and respect for students’ individual learning styles
  • Passion for personal and professional growth as an Upper School teacher
  • Solid organization, communication and writing skills
  • Excellent classroom management skills


How to Apply: Complete online application and attach cover letter, describing your educational philosophy and how your experience and skills will contribute to the position, along with your resume.